Seven things to do on the second week of December

While the temperatures are on a stark and noticeable decline, this is by no means a reason for your mood to follow suit. In Prague, the second week of December presents a plethora of cinema premieres, concerts, and oodles of other interesting events to enjoy with one’s family and friends. Dig into December’s light-hearted and festive seasonal mood, and have a look at the selection of the best events to attend for the second week of Advent.                                                                                                                                           Representative Ball of the Town Court                                                                                     Start the second week of the month in style by dressing it up for the 16th annual Representative Ball of the Town Court in Prague, which takes place on Saturday 10.12 in the luxurious Žofín Palace. The spacious palace will be divided into two halls for the event. The main hall will delight guests with graceful dance performances and the musical renditions of the soloists Dalibora Kaprase, Markéta Mátlová, and Jan Kalousek, and the smaller hall will host the band “So Fine” followed by a disco with video projection by Sláva Šmíd.                                                                                                                                             When: 10 December 2016; Where: Slovanský ostrov 226, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic

Release of the New Album Krstný Otec by Patrik “Rytmuse”Vrbovský

The newly released album Krstný Otec from famous Slovak rapper Patrik “Rytmuse” Vrbovsky has already broken sales records with more than 12,000 albums on pre-sale and another 6,000 sold right after the album release. And what would be a better way to celebrate being a success, than throwing a giant party for your fans!? The choice of venue for this grandiose event was made in favor of one of the best concert halls in Europe – Forum Karlin which can boast about a big music scene and the best quality acoustics!

When: 10 December 2016; Where: Pernerova 53, 186 00 Praha , Czech Republic

Magnetic Festival of Electronic Music

Twice a year, Prague gives a warm and exciting welcome to all electronic music lovers for the one-of-a-kind Magnetic Festival that, since 2012, has already hosted such big names as AVICII, Hardwell, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, DVBBS, Steve Aoki, NERVO, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Showtek, and Laidback Luke. This year, the unique, exciting, ten-hour show will feature stars from the EDM scene such as Moksi, John Culter, Merk & Kremont, Jay Hardway, TJR, R3HAB, and many others. EDM lovers are sure to have a blast!

When: 16 December 2016; Where: PVA Expo, Beranových 667, 199 00 Praha 9

The Nutcracker: A Christmas Dream                                                                                 Probably one of the best known and romantic of Christmas stories, the Nutcracker and the Mouse King, written by E.T.A. Hoffman, is the underpinning of this world-famous ballet composed by P.I. Tchaikovsky. A brand new adaptation of this iconic ballet by choreographer Marek Svobodnik will whisk away the audience into a world of fantasy and fairy tales this Christmas season. Adults and children alike will enjoy the sumptuous costumes, impeccable dance performances, and the authentic participation of the children with the show.

When: 12 December 2016; Where: Divadlo Hybernia, nám. Republiky 4, Praha 1

Cinema

Office Christmas Party                                                                                                           When the CEO of a major American company (Jennifer Anniston) has had enough of her hard-partying brother, she determines to close the close the company run by the younger debauched Clay (T.J. Miller). In order to save the company, Clay, and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) unite their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party where they have the last chance to hook a potential client with deep pockets to save the company. Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, Office Party brought together a prominent cast featuring Saturday Night Live veteran Vanessa Bayer, and Deadpool’s Karan Soni and promises 100 minutes of non-stop laughter for everyone watching.

When: 8 December 2016; Where: Nový Smíchov, Plzeňská 8, Praha 5

Underworld: Blood Wars                                                                                                                In the fifth film of the Underworld franchise, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) returns as a kick-ass vampire warrior travelling solo with nothing left to lose. Theo James is also back as Davide, one of Selene’s few allies that flees with her to an isolated icy refuge, after once again being betrayed by her own kind, where she takes the time out for a journey of self-discovery. This time director Anna Foerster, previously responsible for episodes of the famous TV series Criminal minds and Outlander as well as the blockbuster films Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow takes the helm in directing the franchise.

When: 8 December; Where: Kino Radotin, Na Výšince 875/4, 153 00 Praha 5

L’Amour de Loin                                                                                                                                 To see world-famous opera stars on the stage of the MET Opera Hall one doesn’t have to spend a fortune and fly to New York! The Kino Aero presents a great opportunity to see live, high-definition performance transmissions of the MET Opera to the big movie screen. On December 10, audiences can see one of the most highly praised operas of recent years “L’Amour de Loin” (“Love From Afar”) by Kaija Saariaho, the first opera by a woman presented by the company in over a century. The opera tells the story of a 12th-century troubadour, Jaufré Rudel from Aquitaine, who falls in love with Clémence, the Countess of Tripoli, despite the Countess living far away, and having never been seen before by Jaufré. A traveling pilgrim relays Jaufré’s ballads and songs back and forth to Clémence to declare his love. However, when Jaufré himself journeys to see her, he becomes so nervous at the prospect of meeting his love that he falls ill and dies in Clémence’s arms.

When: 10 December; Where: Kino Aero, Biskupcova 1733/31, 130 00 Praha 3

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